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Strategies for Identifying SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities and Communicating with the Agencies

By John Ujvari, Mike Carnes and Chris Veal

Eleven Federal agencies participate in the SBIR program (5 for STTR) and their collective interests, as you can imagine, are very broad. Identifying which agency is most interested in your work, and which specific solicitation and program manager you will align with, can be a difficult task. To maximize your chances of success, we’ve assembled several recommendations based on updates we received from each agency at the recent National SBIR Conference in Washington, DC. Read more >>


The “T” in the middle of SBTDC denotes the business advisory services that we offer to small business that are seeking to develop and commercialize novel technologies. When the Technology Commercialization Counselors are in the field meeting with clients they can refer clients to other team members, with specialized skill sets.  Our General Business Counselors can assist with business and management advice, finances and access to capital.  If you have thought about exporting we have a team of Certified Global Business Professionals that can get your business moving across the globe.  We offer many other services and I encourage you to visit the SBTDC website.  Below we would like to introduce you to our “PTAC” team.

The North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) educates businesses on how to obtain contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services to local, state and federal government agencies. The PTAC has been part of the SBTDC and assisting North Carolina businesses for over 27 years.  

PTAC provides a wide range of assistance – most at no charge – to NC businesses through one-on-one counseling sessions, classes, seminars and events. Counseling may revolve around:

  • Determining suitability for contracting
  • Researching procurement histories
  • Identifying bid opportunities
  • Proposal preparation
  • 8(a) and other certifications
  • Preparing for audit

Learn more about the PTAC and connect with them at: www.sbtdc.org/programs/ptac/contact/

Update on NIH Submission Instructions for 8/5 Deadline

SBIR/STTR Applicants Now Required to Use FORMS-C for August 5th Receipt Date and Beyond

NIH has recently updated the SBIR/STTR grant application forms; the new version is called FORMS-C.

See a description of all of the changes to FORMS-C >>

Learn more about choosing the correct application form packages >>

SBIR/STTR Application Guide and Supplemental Grant Application Instructions

The SBIR/STTR SF424 (R&R) Application Guide has also been updated to accommodate the FORMS-C changes. Applicants should read the “Forms Version C” SBIR/STTR Application Guide and Supplemental Grant Application Instructions before getting started on an application.

If you have any questions about any of these changes, please email sbir@od.nih.gov, or contact the eRA Commons Help Desk.

Open Solicitations

Next Submission Deadline: September 8
See topics of interest >>

Next Submission Deadline: September 15
See topics of interest >>

Next Submission Deadline: October 2
Topics of interest >>

July 2014

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Our Staff

John Ujvari photoJohn Ujvari
SBIR/STTR Statewide Specialist & Newsletter Editor

Kim Mayer
Director of Technology Commercialization - Raleigh

Mike Carnes
Technology Commercialization Counselor - Raleigh

Ryan Taylor
Technology Commercialization Counselor - Cullowhee/Asheville

Chris Veal
Technology Commercialization Counselor - Triad

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